San Francisco: February 2017

San Francisco is expensive, but really nice to visit. I’m glad to be just a 2-hour, usually affordable, flight away from visiting. I know people who live there, how they afford to live there I don’t always know. Because I know people who live there, I haven’t really seen a lot of the tourist attractions….

Kauai, Hawaii: Day 9 Last Day Beach Tour

Our last day in Kauai was filled with stopping at a couple beaches on our way to the airport. We didn’t have a flight until noon, so we had some time to spend and soak in the last bits of sunshine. If you don’t live in Portland, OR and you crave sunshine, do not move…

2017 Winter Reflections

This has been the worst winter in Portland. Even people who have lived here for over 8 years will say this is the worst winter. I’ve been here for 11 years and I say this is the worst winter. Sure, the snow was really pretty and we don’t get it often. But shit, it was…

Kauai, Hawaii: Day 8 Kayak Adventures

If you know me or have been reading my blog for the last couple years, you probably know that I love adventures. My life feels more fulfilled when I am able to partake in various adventures. I need down time too, don’t get me wrong. But vacation is always better when adventures are thrown in…

Kauai, Hawaii: Day 7 Kilauea Lighthouse

Whoa! I’m back. I took a sabbatical from writing. I now realize that was a terrible idea. It wasn’t on purpose. It just sort of happened. Like when you wake up on a random Saturday with no particular plans, but a friend calls and asks if you want to go to brunch. Then brunch turns…

Kauai, Hawaii: Day 6 Poipu and Queen’s Bath

I’m sitting in the cold with a hat on while I write this. Reminiscing about warm Hawaii weather is not enough to distract the mind from the icy conditions outside. I’m ready for Spring and Summer. Our house is too old for wintry conditions. It’s been a bit abnormal this winter in Portland. There hasn’t…

Poipu, Kauai: Day 5 Sunshine

It was time for a full day of sunshine. Earlier in the trip we only got snippets of the sun and needed a serious beach day. I had been to Kauai a couple years before and remembered hearing that the south side was consistently sunny in the winter compared to the north shore. We packed…

Kauai Island, Hawaii – Day 4 Chocolate Farm Tour

I don’t always like to go on guided tours, but sometimes they are worth attending. Typically we like to go on a lot of our own adventures during a trip with one or two guided to see things that we may have not found on our own. I also find that guided tours are very…

Kauai, Hawaii: Day 3

On our third day on the island, it rained quite a bit. Time to find fun things to do in the rain on Kauai. We decided that we could really do anything in the rain if we didn’t let it bother us. So we went into Hanalei and had lunch and delicious, but expensive tropical drinks. It started…

Kauai Island, Hawaii: Day 2

After a day of travel and random issues, we were ready to start our morning on the Wainiha Bay beach across the street from the place we were staying. It was so nice to see the beach from the upstairs window. While it tends to be a bit rainier on the North Shore in the…

Kauai Island: Day 1 Arrival Adventures

There are so many beaches on Kauai. So many that you will have a hard time visiting them all. Regardless of which ones you visit, you’re bound to find something unique and beautiful on each one. Even in the rain. It rains a lot on the North Shore in the winter. Be warned. But sometimes…

A Letter to Trump

Dear Donald Trump, I didn’t vote for you. Many others did and on Tuesday you were elected to be the next President of the United States. Congratulations. The next four years are going to be tough for you. Probably harder than you thought it would be, and it should be. I hope it ends up…